Not everyone is a hero, but most of us like to think that we’d step in to help if the situation called for it. The real question is, if it came down to it, would you?
Simple goodness is one of the markings of a hero. It’s something that many young people have. Life can wear a person down after one sees or endures too much injustice and make us cynical and jaded. Youthful optimism is pure and innocent; a clean heart tends to do the right thing at the right time—spontaneously, without thinking.
A young Canadian from Montreal, Malyk Bonnet was just 17 years old when a situation called on him to act. Bonnet had just gotten off work at a restaurant. He was waiting for a bus at a bus stop when he witnessed a couple who didn’t quite seem right. It was a man and a woman. The man was acting in a way that made Bonnet feel very uneasy. And then Bonnet, just a teenager, made a decision: he stepped in.
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“The guy was screaming at her, the girl,” he later told CBC News. “He wasn’t really gentle with her, and I started watching, because I thought he would hit her, so I approached them a little bit.”
Sometimes, the best way to defuse a bad situation isn’t throwing punches or shoving. Malyk went with his instincts and befriended the man and woman instead. What ended up happening was that he gained the man’s trust. He was able to evaluate the situation thoroughly, and it gave him time to act—on his own terms. It proved to be a smart strategy, a life saver possibly.
17 year old Malyk Bonnet from Laval is being credited with saving a woman, who had just been kidnapped by her abusive ex-boyfriend.
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They asked Bonnet for a bus fare. The teen obliged out of his own pocket. They told him they were headed for Laval, a smaller city 40 km outside of Montreal. Bonnet replied, telling them that he was also heading there, which was a lie—he wasn’t headed there at all. But he had made his choice: he was getting involved wherever that took him.
“My plan was to keep them in a public place where he wouldn’t hurt her,” said Bonnet, via Dateline NBC. “I decided to be friendly with the man and have him think I was his friend. I played my game and he seemed to trust me.”
After the bus ride, Bonnet sprang his trap when they arrived in Laval. He invited them to eat at a local Tim Horton’s and gave the couple $50 to order their meals. Bonnet then excused himself to use the washroom. That’s when he took the opportunity to call the police and reported that a woman had been kidnapped. The Laval police arrived a few minutes later and took the man into custody. They’d been searching for the 29-year-old, who had kidnapped his ex-girlfriend a few hours earlier. He’d spent time in prison already for assaulting and uttering death threats to her.
“We believed that man was very dangerous,” Lt. Daniel Guérin from the Laval police told CBC. After the incident, the officers decided to pool together enough funds to reimburse Bonnet for the bus fare and food he had expended in order to defuse the potentially deadly situation.
“His quick actions may have saved this young woman’s life,” added Guérin. “He now has 500 new friends in our department.” He may not have expected to become a hero that day. It just happened to work out that way.
Combien de likes et de partages ? pour lui dire #MerciMalyk Des policiers de Laval soulignent un geste héroïque…